Police said Monday that three men entered a Tochigi City hotel before dawn on Sunday, used duct tape to bind and gag the lone employee on duty, and stole approximately 1.5 million yen.
The robbery took place at the Hotel Sun Route Tochigi. TV Asahi reported that the three men threatened the front desk clerk with a knife and demanded money from the hotel's cash register. The men then fled after binding the clerk.
After the men fled, the employee used his nose to dial an internal line on the hotel's phone system and alert another employee who was in the break room, TV Asahi quoted police as saying. The clerk told police that two of the men were wearing black knit caps.© Japan Today